COVID-Sniffing Dogs in Helsinki

COVID-Sniffing Dogs in Helsinki

November 4, 2020

Ten amazing dogs sniff out COVID-19 carrying passengers in Finland’s Helsinki airport.

In a pilot program, passengers are asked to volunteer to run a test wipe across their skin to collect a sweat sample.  The wipe is placed in a cup in a nearby booth, where the dogs quickly go to work and make a physical sign to indicate samples that carry the virus.

These canines can detect the virus in only ten seconds, and up to five days before symptoms even appear.  If one of the dogs indicates that a passenger carries the virus, the person is then sent for a nasal swab test for confirmation.

The airport is hopeful that it can eventually use medical dogs as part of the normal screening process to find effective and efficient ways to keep travelers safe.


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This post is based on the Science Alert article, Dogs Deployed at Helsinki Airport Can Detect COVID-19 With Almost 100% Accuracy, by Michelle Starr, September 25, 2020; the Yahoo! Life article, Dogs Continue reading

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Disney’s Changes For Capacity Management and Safety

Disney’s Changes For Capacity Management and Safety

September 21, 2020

Walt Disney World plans to keep some of its COVID-19 health and protocol changes even after things return to pre-pandemic levels of magic.

Even before the pandemic began, Disney was creating new ways to address problems like capacity management and guest experience. Some of these were implemented in recent months. These new approaches are here to stay, including a park reservation system, mobile ordering at park restaurants, queue reservation systems, and even paying for merchandise without cash or credit card.

Meanwhile, occupancy rates at Disney resort hotels remain at all-time lows.  With theme park attendance drastically reduced, some Disney hotels are set to remain closed indefinitely.


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This post is based on the CinemaBlend article, Disney Parks Chairman Thinks Some of Walt Disney World’s Pandemic Changes Are Here to Stay, by Dirk Libbey, August 27, 2020; the Fox Business article, This Disney World hotel won’t reopen this year as others stay closed indefinitely, by Jeanette Settembre, August 31, 2020; and the YouTube videos Continue reading

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Fast Food Breakfasts Slow Down

Fast Food Breakfasts Slow Down

August 17, 2020

Fast food breakfast sales slumped early in the COVID-19 crisis as work commutes halted and breakfasts were eaten at home.

McDonald’s, Starbucks, Panera, and Dunkin’ are still struggling to win back customers in the early hours of the day, though sales at other times of day are improving.  Restaurants are scrambling to realign their employees’ schedules, menu forecasting and design to the “new normal.”


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This post is based on the Business Insider article, Breakfast sales at fast-food giants like Starbucks and McDonald’s “dried up” during the pandemic, by Kate Taylor, August 3, 2020; the Food and Wine article and video, Quarantine Could Crown a Winner in the Fast Food Breakfast Wars, by Mike Pomranz, Aug 3, 2020; and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: SEG – ALL

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1.  What scheduling challenges has the breakfast slump posed?

Guidance: As compared with past demand patterns, 9:30am and 2:30pm are now the peak times at Starbucks, and with more customers wanting afternoon snacks, Continue reading

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